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4 April 2019

Memento mori.

by Andrew MacGregor

Short Films: “Rona” - 10 mins

Many of you won't have heard of Rona Wheatley, but those who did never forgot her singing voice. This affecting documentary shot by her grandson, Joe, ensures Rona attracts a new audience three years after her death.

Comprised of recently unearthed home footage and audio recordings, Joe Wheatley's film paints a disarming portrait of his grandmother as she reminisces about life, love, and her preternatural singing talent. Not that she's bragging, mind.

Instead, it's an absorbing insight into how priorities change over time, with Rona juggling her budding music career and a relationship with her future husband. What follows is uplifting and good-humoured, but also tinged with regret.

It's this honesty, coupled with the film's granular nostalgia, that captivates from start to finish. Even in death, Rona Wheatley remains in fine voice.

Director: Joe Wheatley (DirtyWork Ⓟ Ⓦ)
Producer: Joe Wheatley
Director's Agent: DirtyWork Ⓟ Ⓦ
Cinematographer: Rik Burnell / Joseph Bird
Editor: Joe Wheatley
Colourist: Joseph Bicknell @ Cheat Ⓟ Ⓦ
Sound Designer: Thomas Bacon
Written By: Joe Wheatley

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